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Caitriona Keyes, the author’s sister, narrates the novel with her matronly, Irish accent. It gives the sense that the ethereal being is more of a watchful grandmother, than a young, hip angel. At times, it’s quite strange to hear her ultra-feminine voice describe the thoughts of the Polish men or Katie’s drunken binge on her birthday. But her words are clearly spoken and her pace and comedic timing are on point. Listeners sensitive to a higher-pitched tone might find her lilting voice less than pleasant for the entire 11-hour haul.
Fans of Marian Keyes will be surprised by this new style of storytelling, but pleased that her characteristic self-deprecating humor and ability to keep the listener engaged throughout the entire book remains. Colleen Oakley
Marian Keyes's inimitable blend of rollicking humor, effervescent prose, and stories that deal with real-life issues have captivated readers and listeners around the globe. She is one of the best-selling authors of women's fiction in the English-speaking world. Her new novel will delight fans of Candace Bushnell's darkly comic sensibility and Sophie Kinsella's fast-paced action.
The Brightest Star in the Sky follows seven neighbors whose lives become entangled when a sassy and prescient spirit pays a visit to their Dublin townhouse with the intent of changing at least one of their lives. But what will this metamorphosis be and who will the sprite choose?
There's Matt and Maeve, the newlyweds struggling to overcome the first obstacle in their storybook romance; Lydia, the brassy but vulnerable cabbie; Katie, the just-turned-40 PR executive searching for a more gratifying life; and the eldest resident, Jemima, currently playing hostess to her son Fionn, who is in town to star as the hunky gardener in a hot new television show.
Keyes's universal themes and appealing characters have made her an international phenomenon, and are sure to conquer a wider American audience. With The Brightest Star in the Sky, she delivers another satisfying story charming in its wit and surprising in its depth.
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By Jan on 02-23-10
Terrible sound quality, worse narration
I love this author, but not enough to listen to this mess. This is the worst of the worst narrators and the whole thing sounds as if they recorded it in their basement using an old tape recorder.
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